Sticking to a keto diet can be tough at times for even the most flexible omnivore. In an effort to hit the very high fat requirements needed to reach ketosis, most ketoers consume plenty of dairy, fatty meats and eggs for a fatty boost, but not everyone wants to go down this route, enter the vegan keto diet!
For vegans, who aren’t consuming any animal products, the keto diet can pose a particular challenge and needs a little lateral thinking to get their fat intake high and carbs low. This post will give you 11 keto friendly vegan dinners to add to your repertoire and benefit from the low carb, high fat way of eating!
Looking for help with the rest of the day staying on a vegan keto diet, then check out these 20 vegan keto breakfast recipes too once you’re done here!
In contrast to the typical, animal based keto diet with it’s high fat levels, a typical vegan diet often consists of a significant portion of grains and high calorie carbohydrates, often with a high carbohydrate to fat ratio.
If we’re going to adapt a vegan diet to be keto friendly we need to really up our intake of a selection of higher fat vegetables etc. and cut down on carb heavy ones. Avocados and nuts are great sources of healthy fats to include along with nut and olive oils, and coconut (For more avocado recipes try this round up for some great ideas).
Read on for 14 great Vegan Keto recipes for dinner
We’ve selected 14 brilliant ketogenic diet friendly vegan dinners to try here for you, give them a try and let us know your thoughts. Got any favorites among these? Or perhaps got some tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below:
This vegetable masala from Low Carb Maven packs a punch of flavour, without the need for meat. Making use of cauliflower as a great substitute for starchy potatoes, this is similar to a keto Aloo Gobi, hearty and filling with very few carbs. Ready in under 30 minutes this would make a great mid-week keto dinner.
Zucchini noodes (zoodles!) are a bit of a staple on the keto diet, when I first started cutting out carbs pasta was one of the biggest thing’s I missed.
Pre-keto I would love making pasta as a quick and easy weeknight dinner, but actually the zucchini version is so much better, with more flavour and quicker too. This dish can be put together in under 10 minutes!
This dish from the Simple Vegan Blog avocado to create the pasta sauce is a great way to sneak in some healthy fats, and get a creamier texture overall.
I love Korean food, and am always looking for ways to get more into my own keto diet. This vegan, keto bibimbap from LowCarb Vegan uses tempeh as a meaty substitute, and a whole bunch of veggies in place of rice to keep this low carb.
Sometimes all you want is some pizza, and this vegan cauliflower crust from Detoxinista makes a great base to cover in your favourite, keto friendly (ideally high fat) toppings and plenty of olive oil (or chilli oil if you’re like me!)
Walnuts are a great addition to this chili from Abbey’s Kitchen, added texture and as a great source of monounsaturated fats. Black beans are a great source of fibre, which can often be lacking on a keto diet and help to bulk this out into a hearty, filling meal.
Adding dark chocolate to the sauce gives additional richness, and paired with some avocado or guac on the side this is a great, flavorful high fat meal without the need for any meat.
Another great use of the Portobello mushroom, this time from Low Carb Maven. These keto stuffed mushroom are super quick to put together on a weeknight, with the creamed curry spinach bringing tons of flavour, and plenty of fat when topped off with some walnuts.
This noodle dish from SuperGoldenBakes looks stunning and colourful, with a delicious peanut sauce for a hit of healthy fats. Smoked tofu is a delicious alternative to meat, with a richness that some people miss when switching to a vegetable based diet.
Spiralized vegetables are a really flexible way to turn just about any dish into a keto friendly one, it’s definitely worth investing in a good spiralizer!
This Keto Tabbouleh from Healthful Pursuit is a delicious vegan salad, to have as a main or as a side dish. This uses hemp hearts as a stand in for the grains usually found in a tabbouleh. Fresh herbs and lemon make this a really fresh tasting dish, which can be prepared in minutes, great as a last minute dinner!
First there was cauli rice, the keto staple. Now taking things a step further we've got broccoli rice! This is going to be packed with vitamins and nutrients from using green veg as a bulk ingredient, which is fantastic, a perfect addition to a vegan keto meal.
Tofu can be a great, vegan friendly substitute where you would usually use meat or eggs. Here it makes a great filling for these roast vegetable vegan keto tacos. Tofu goes great with spices so don't hold back!
Lasagna is just one of those super satisfying, crowd pleaser dishes that you'll want to go back to time and again. This vegan keto lasagna recipe from the Minimalist Baker forgoes the usual meat and cheese sause for a much lighter, zucchini based dish. Vegan comfort food at it's best!
Vegan keto needn’t be hard
So there’s 11 animal free keto dinners, it’s clear you can still get great variety in your diet and plenty of fats whilst keeping vegan. I’m planning to put together a bunch of vegan keto recipes in the coming months, any vegan ketoers out there let me know any tips or tricks you’ve got for low carb high fat living without the meat!